The Violet Hour: May 25, 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Review – Breaking Nova by Jessica Sorensen

Breaking Nova by Jessica Sorensen
Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published September 3rd 2013
by Forever (first published January 1st 2013)
ASIN B00DY8HARG
Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley

“Nova Reed used to have dreams-of becoming a famous drummer, of marrying her true love. But all of that was taken away in an instant. Now she’s getting by as best she can, though sometimes that means doing things the old Nova would never do. Things that are slowly eating away at her spirit. Every day blends into the next . . . until she meets Quinton Carter. His intense, honey brown eyes instantly draw her in, and he looks just about as broken as she feels inside.

Quinton once got a second chance at life-but he doesn’t want it. The tattoos on his chest are a constant reminder of what he’s done, what he’s lost. He’s sworn to never allow happiness into his life . . . but then beautiful, sweet Nova makes him smile. He knows he’s too damaged to get close to her, yet she’s the only one who can make him feel alive again. Quinton will have to decide: does he deserve to start over? Or should he pay for his past forever?”

I don’t know how Jessica Sorensen can write such tragic and rough, yet beautiful stories (and so quickly), but I’m glad she does. Because the truth is that people go through the things portrayed in Breaking Nova, and it’s often swept under the rug and ignored.

This book made me cry numerous times, especially when we got to the truth about what happened with Landon. Sorensen writes in such a gripping way that I couldn’t stop reading even though the subject matter got hard at times. As a warning, there is a TON of drug use in this book. I don’t like that, but many, many people turn to it to escape their past. What I DID like was that Sorensen took a different route than a lot of books in this genre, and have Nova decide that no one else could fix her, but HER. I’m tired of the ‘love from someone else fixes everything’ idea. Sometimes it helps, but ultimately, you have to love yourself first. I love that message.

One small pet peeve was that the whole ‘famous drummer-wannabe’ thing really had no point in the story. Nova wasn’t in a band or anything like that. I only mention it because that was one of the things that drew me in about this book (it’s also in the first line of the synopsis, so I figured it would be a big deal). I was very pleased with the ending, and am REALLY excited for the following installment, Saving Quinton. This is excellent news because I am DYING! Fans of Jessica Sorensen will not be disappointed!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Review – Time After Time by Wendy Godding

Time After Time by Wendy Godding
ebook, 247 pages
Published April 1st 2014
by Escape Publishing
ISBN139780857991485
Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley
in exchange for my honest review
http://www.escapepublishing.com.au
I LOVED THIS BOOK!! I am so glad I requested this on NetGalley. Wendy Godding has a new fan over here. Time After Time was an intriguing, well-paced read.

I just loved Abbie/Penelope. At times one more than the other, but both really captured my attention. It really is hard to say which setting appealed to me the most. I’ve always been a sucker for the old fashioned, but when I was a teenager I did go through a goth phase, so really this book was right up my alley. Godding did a superb job in making sure the reader knows the differences between the two. Too many times we’ve read stories where the settings/characters either bled into each other or seemed like the same person with the same personalities. The characters in this story are all great. Time After Time has a sort of time travel feel, so fans of that genre will love this just as much as paranormal and mystery fans.

Godding pulled me in from the very beginning, and held me tight until the end. I strongly encourage everyone to read this book, and I’m hoping there will be more to this. I’d love to see what life is like for Abbie after all is said and done.

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